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backblocks

[bak-bloks] /ˈbækˌblɒks/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Australian.
1.
the outback:
They live in the backblocks.
Origin of backblocks
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; back1 + block + -s3
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Historical Examples
  • You'll be jolly glad to get rid of me and be off with the uncle into the backblocks.

    Captivity

    M. Leonora Eyles
  • They come down from the backblocks with perhaps a hundred pounds to spend on a week of blissful unconsciousness.

    Captivity

    M. Leonora Eyles
  • In this article the paper spoke of backblocks bushmen under the generic soubriquet of Billjim.

British Dictionary definitions for backblocks

backblocks

/ˈbækˌblɒks/
plural noun
1.
(Austral & NZ) bush or remote farming area far distant from city amenities
Derived Forms
backblock, adjective
backblocker, noun
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